Bensari Hind

Bensari Hind

Biography

Born in 1987 in Casablanca, Morocco, Hind Bensari grew up in London where she attended the Lycée Français Charles De Gaulle before pursuing her higher education in Economics and Middle-Eastern studies at the University of Edinburgh and in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics. After a brief career in finance and headhunting, Hind moved back to her native Morocco in 2012 to campaign to repeal a law (article 475) that allowed men accused of rape to avoid a jail sentence if their victims agreed to marry them. To raise awareness on this issue, Hind launched a crowd-funding campaign  that enabled her to produce and direct her first documentary released in May 2013 in Morocco. 475: Break the silence received critical acclaim both in Morocco and internationally and became a component of a civic movement which succeeded in repealing the law that allowed men accused of rape to marry their victims. In 2014, Hind moved to Copenhagen Denmark where she met Danish visual artist Hanne Lise Thomsen whom she helped organise the Billboard festival of Casablanca in April 2015. A Tedx speaker, Hind’s first feature documentary We Could Be Heroes is an international co-production led by Vibeke Vogel at Bullit Films in Denmark, Habib Attia of Cinétéléfilms in Tunisia and Moroccan national TV 2M. We Could Be Heroes won the Grand Prize for Best International Documentary at Hot Docs. This is the first time an African director wins this prize.

Filmography

Year Film
2018 We Could Be Heroes